Well, the most pressing reason is because I forgot to request an absentee ballot. But that's not what I mean:
I am voting because I believe in freedom.
I am voting because I don't want my life choices dictated by someone else's religious beliefs.
I am voting because I don't want a president who thinks the dollars of the wealthy are sacred, but my body is his to control.
I am voting because I don't want a president who thinks it was "tragic" to bring our troops home from Iraq.
I am voting for the candidate who respects all men and women in uniform, regardless of their sexual orientation.
I am voting for the Commander in Chief who made good on his promise to kill Osama bin Laden, and who supports veterans with concrete legislation instead of photo ops.
I am voting because I believe you have the right to what you earn, and to me that says you shouldn't have to take a pay cut for being a woman.
I am voting because I believe you earn with help. Yes, I worked my butt off my whole life so I could come to Harvard. But schoolteachers taught me how to write essays and do division. They were able to do that because citizens paid to found a school, and construction workers built it from the ground up. I was able to go because my parents worked to send me there. They did so because their own parents taught them to value education. My grandparents were able to immigrate to the USA because they were offered student loans.
I am voting because I believe in lending a hand to help others get on their feet.
I am voting because I respect the elderly, who deserve the security of Medicare and many of whom have already saved $600 on prescription drugs since the Affordable Care Act was passed.
I am voting because I value education. One candidate in this election has helped 10 million students afford college through Pell Grants, prevented student loans from doubling, and is granting work permits to save smart, driven, patriotic students from deportation. The other candidate tells students to go to for-profit colleges like Full Sail University, which offers degrees in video game design and in which -- shocker! -- this candidate has a financial stake.
I am voting because I don't want to pay for a chain smoker's massively expensive late-stage cancer treatment, when I could instead pay $5 for a preventative screening that could save his life.
I am voting because I'd rather pay for a teenager's birth control than see her drop out of high school to raise yet another impoverished, unwanted child.
I am voting because a battered woman should not be denied health insurance for the pre-existing condition of domestic abuse.
I am voting because I believe in America, and in the freedom, dignity, and promise for which it stands.
I am voting because, in my mind, there has never been so much on the line.
Tomorrow, I am voting for Barack Obama.